This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however, all opinions expressed are my own.
Confessions from a Travel Blogger
Between traveling for work the majority of my days and being a mom, volunteer, wife, and daughter, I have a super busy life. I’m on the road more than I am at home so when I get home to Vero Beach, Florida, the grocery store is always my first stop. Luckily, I live near Publix and while there are six in my town, I live near the best one, Miracle Mile. It is “the” grocery store in Vero Beach. Publix also features several local suppliers, including Fresh from Florida, a movement for buying local that is important to me.
I typically only shop the perimeter of the grocery store, with an occasional visit down one to two center aisles for soda, box pasta, or pet supplies. I’m very particular about the items I buy: mostly brand name, local/organic fruits and vegetables, and the leanest cuts of meat. The outer areas (perimeter) are also where you can find packaged sushi (Publix has the best in town!), milk, cheeses, yogurt, and fish, meats, and deli counters. I expect my produce to have the Fresh from Florida logo to ensure the freshest flavors and best method of supporting the local community that I am supporting.
My Fresh from Florida Shopping List
My produce list for this week contained strawberries, bell peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms. Strawberries have been in season for several weeks now but they are still just as juicy and sweet as they were in mid-January. Bonus, it is important to get the potassium and manganese benefit of strawberries, especially since I am of mid-life age. I’m a tomato girl; I eat them with almost every meal so it is always the first item I go for. I keep mushrooms on hand because they make a great vegetarian offering and bulk up other dishes with wonderful health benefits and few calories. Peppers and onions jazz up several of the dishes I cook, including omelets, grilled kielbasa, and they make great salsas for chicken or fajitas.
Buying Local Is Important to Me
For me, buying locally grown produce is along the same lines of buying from a locally owned retailer. Since my family owned a local business for over twenty years, we know how important it is to support local small businesses. Buying local cuts down emissions in the environment, allows farmers and employees to live in their home cities with their families, saves gas, and affords me the freshest choices available. Buying local also keeps the money for the product in our local community. Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middleman and get the full retail price for their crops.
I’m so glad to live in Florida, where our favorable temperatures make it possible to grow practically anything. I’m thankful for Florida farmers who make it an option to eat healthy, delicious vegetables year-round. For that reason, I support Fresh from Florida and look for their seal in my favorite Publix grocery stores.
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